Oct. 1, 2006
2006 STANFORD FOOTBALL
Game #6 - Stanford (0-5) at #12 Notre Dame (4-1)
October 7, Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame, IN., 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT), NBC
Date: October 7, 2006
Kickoff: 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT)
Site: Notre Dame, IN
Television: Live, NBC (Tom Hammond, Pat Haden, Lewis Johnson)
Radio: KNBR, 1050 am (Ted Robinson, Bob Murphy)
Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm
Internet: www.gostanford.com (live audio, live stats)
The Series: Notre Dame leads 14-6
Last Meeting: Notre Dame 38, Stanford 31 (11/26/05) at Stanford
Series Notes: Irish have won last four vs. Cardinal
Stanford to Face #12 Notre Dame in Nationally Televised Game
Stanford (0-5) will travel to South Bend, Ind. to face the #12 Fighting Irish (4-1) in a game nationally televised on NBC ... The Cardinal will attempt to snap a four-game losing skid against the Irish while Notre Dame will be looking for its sixth straight win over Sanford in South Bend ... Stanford is coming off a 31-0 loss at UCLA last Saturday; Notre Dame is coming off a 35-21 home win over Purdue ... The Irish have beaten Georgia Tech, Penn State, Michigan State and Purdue while losing to Michigan ... Saturday's game will be the Cardinal's second against a nationally-ranked opponent ... Stanford opened the season at No. 20 Oregon.
Cardinal-Irish Meet for 21st Time in Series History
Notre Dame has won the last four meetings against the Cardinal and lead the overall series 14-6 ... The Irish have also won the last five games against Stanford played at Notre Dame Stadium ... The last Cardinal win at Notre Dame Stadium came in 1992 when 19th ranked Stanford beat the No. 7 Irish 33-16 ... Since then, however, Notre Dame has beaten Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium in 1994 (34-15), 1998 (35-17), 2000 (20-14), 2002 (31-7) and 2004 (23-15) ... Stanford's last win over the Irish was a 17-13 decision in 2001 at Stanford Stadium ... The series began in 1925 when Knute Rockne led the Irish to a 27-10 win over Ernie Nevers and Stanford in the Rose Bowl ... Notre Dame leads the series 8-2 at Notre Dame Stadium, 5-4 at Stanford Stadium and 1-0 at a neutral site (the '25 Rose Bowl) ... The two teams played each other every year - except 1995 and '96 - since 1988.
Cardinal vs. the Nationally-Ranked Irish in South Bend
Stanford has beaten Notre Dame twice in South Bend when the Irish were ranked in the top-10 ... Overall, the two teams have met eight times in South Bend when Notre Dame was nationally-ranked with the Irish winning six of those games ... Stanford's two wins in South Bend over nationally-ranked Notre Dame teams came in 1992 and 1990 ... In '92, with Bill Walsh as its head coach, Stanford beat the Irish 33-16 ... In 1990, a 1-3 Stanford team stunned the college football world with a 36-31 victory over No. 1 Notre Dame (3-0).
Stanford vs. Nationally-Ranked Opponents
Stanford's last win against a nationally-ranked opponent was a 38-28 victory over No. 4 and unbeaten UCLA in 2001 ... The Cardinal, however, has lost 14 straight to top-25 teams since that win over the Bruins in '01 ... A year ago, Stanford lost to No. 1 ranked USC, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 8 UCLA ... Stanford was leading both Notre Dame and UCLA in the final minutes of the game before losing to the Bruins in overtime and to the Irish on their final possession ... Earlier this year, the Cardinal lost to then No. 20 Oregon in Eugene.
Stanford Has Fourth Toughest Schedule in the Nation
This week's NCAA rankings for the nation's toughest schedule has the Cardinal tied for fourth in the country behind Florida, UConn and USC ... Stanford's cumulative opposition has a winning percentage of .659 (29-15), which is tied for fourth nationally with Iowa and Minnesota ... Still ahead for the Cardinal are nationally ranked USC (4-0), Cal (4-0) and Notre Dame (4-1) ... Stanford's remaining seven opponents have a combined record of 23-10 and a .696 winning percentage.
Cardinal Head Coach Walt Harris
Now in his second season at Stanford, Walt Harris took over a Cardinal team that finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 record in 2004 and, a year later, had his team 4-4 in the conference and in fourth place ... Harris led the Cardinal of a 5-6 overall record and was one win shy of having his team in position for a post-season bowl game ... In eight seasons at Pitt (1997-2004) prior to coming to Stanford, Harris turned the Panthers into a perennial bowl contender and among the top programs in the country ... He led Pitt to six bowl games in eight seasons, including the last five, and a first-ever BCS bowl (Fiesta) following the 2004 campaign ... He was named Stanford's head coach on December 13, 2004 ... Harris, a Bay Area native, has coached for over 30 years, including 12 as a head coach ... He was 52-44 at Pitt and is 68-77 in his career as a head coach, which includes three years at UOP (1989-91), where the Tigers improved each season under Harris, and a 5-11 record as the Cardinal head coach ... Harris has coached at Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and Cal along with a three-year stint with the New York Jets ... In the last five seasons at Pitt, Harris' teams went 39-23, won at least seven games each year and advanced to a bowl game each season.
A Look Back: Notre Dame 38, Stanford 31 (Nov. 26. 2005)
The final game in 84-year old Stanford Stadium was a memorable one ... With tractors and constructions crew ready to begin the overhaul of the stadium, the Cardinal and Notre Dame played a classic that ended with the Irish holding on for a 38-31 victory ... The loss kept Stanford from becomming bowl eligible and ended their season with a 5-6 record ... The Irish led 30-21 with 9:44 to play, but Stanford scored 10 unanswered points to take a 31-30 lead with just 1:46 on the clock ... A 76-yard pass play from quartback T.C. Ostrander to Mark Bradford set up a four-yard TD pass play from Ostrander to tight end Matt Traverso, giving Stanford a one point lead ... But the Irish came back to drive 80 yards on six plays with Darius Walker capping the drive on a six-yard run with 55 seconds left to play ... The drive took just 51 seconds ... The Irish outgained Stanford 663-336 yards in total offense, which included 432 yards and three touchdowns by Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
Okwo A Difference-Maker on Defense
Senior linebacker Michael Okwo, forced to sit out the first two games of the year due to a fracture thumb, has made his presence known since returning to the starting lineup the past three games (vs. Navy, WSU, UCLA) ... In those games, Okwo has recorded a team-high 36 tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... He set a new career high on Sept. 23 when he registered 15 tackles against the Cougars ... In his first game back (Sept. 16 vs. Navy), he had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss ... Last week at UCLA, he was again the team leader in tackles with 11 ... Okwo is a three-year letter-winner who was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as a special teams player in 2004, entered the 2006 season having received pre-season All-Pac-10 recognition. ... "Michael Okwo has been a setttling factor for our defense since returning," said Cardinal defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff. "The players have great respect for him, and he has great leadership, along with his outstanding playing ability," Christoff told the San Jose Mercury News.
Six True Freshman Making Immediate Impact in 2006
Six true freshman have made an immediate impact on the Cardinal in 2006, three on offense and three on defense ... Four of those true freshman have started for the Cardinal this season ... In Stanford's third game of the year against Navy, WR Richard Sherman and LB Brian Bulcke were in the starting lineup ... A week later vs. Washington State, Austin Yancy started at one WR spot and last week, RB Toby Gerhart made his starting debut against UCLA ... In addition, the other two true freshman playing key roles are NT Sione Fua and DE Levirt Griffin ... Gerhart, a two-sport athlete who will play for Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team, is the team's leading rusher with 233 yards and 56 carrries in five games (4.2 ypc) to go along with eight receptions for 64 yards ... Sherman is tied for second on the team with 11 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown while Yancy has caught seven balls for 96 yards ... Bulcke led the team in tackles vs. Navy in his starting debut as he accounted for 14 total tackles ... He has 17 for the season ... Both Fua and Griffin have played reserve roles on the defensive line the past five games ... Fua has 10 tackles while Griffin has added four.
Walk-Ons Making Strong Contributions in '06
Receivers Kelton Lynn and Michael Miller, along with place-kickers Aaron Zagory and Derek Belch have one thing in common: they are all walk-ons who are making strong contributions to the Cardinal in 2006 ... Zagory, of course, is the team's starting place-kicker after beating out Belch in pre-season competition ... Belch is the team's kickoff specialist and backup place-kicker ... Lynn, in his third year at Stanford from Boulder, Colorado, and Miller, a fourth-year player from San Clemente, Calif., both recorded their first career receptions vs. Navy on Sept.16 and played extensively against Washington State, with Lynn earninng a starting assignment ... Lynn is currently leading the team with 14 catches for 162 yards while Miller has caught four passes.
Second-Year Players Move Into Starting Lineup
Three players who redshirted their true freshman seasons a year ago have earned starting berths in their second year and playing key roles the Cardinal in 2006 ... LB Clinton Snyder, NT Ekom Udofia and TE Jim Dray were all true freshman a year ago, but now find themselves in starting roles ... Snyder had 11 tackles and forced two fumbles vs. Navy (Sept. 16) and10 tackles and a tackle for loss against WSU ... He is tied for the team lead with 38 total tackles ... Udofia had a career high seven tackles against Navy while Dray had a career-high four receptions vs.the Midshipmen and is tied for second on the team with 11 catches ...Two other second year players in key roles for the Cardinal this year are LB Will Powers, who started the season opener at Oregon and last week at UCLA, and DE Tom McAndrew.
Gerhart Latest Baseball-Football Player on The Farm
Freshman RB Toby Gerhart joins a long and impressive list of Stanford athletes who have played both football and baseball on The Farm ... Gerhart, who was named among the top-50 prep baseball players in the nation last year, is expected to make an immediate impact on Stanford's nationally-ranked baseball team this season ... The last two baseball-football players to make a significant impact on both teams were both quarterbacks at Stanford who later played in the Major Leagues ... Joe Borchard played football for the Cardinal in 1998-99 and was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 ... Chad Hutchinson was Stanford's starting QB in 1997-98 ... He later played in the big leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and in the NFL for the Cowboys and Bears ... Other great football-baseball players at Stanford include John Elway, who played in the New York Yankees farm system after his junior year at Stanford, John Lynch (13 years NFL), Chris Draft (7 years NFL) , Brian Johnson (8 years Major League Baseball) and Toi Cook (11 years NFL).
Stanford Offensive Line Leads Nation With 147 Career Starts
Stanford's offensive linemen have combined to start 147 games - more than any other group of O-lineman in the nation ... Jeff Edwards leads the way with 31 starts, Ismail Simpson has 29, followed by Josiah Vinson and Jon Cochran with 25, Alex Fletcher with 16, Allen Smith with 12 and Tim Mattran with six. Player Notes
#5 - Trent Edwards, QB, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Stanford's fifth-year quarterback who has played in 33 games over the past five seasons with 29 of those in a starting role, including all five this season On the 2006 Davey O'Brien Watch List for an award that is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback Became the seventh player at Stanford to record 5000 career passing yards when he reached the milestone versus Navy (9/16/06) Ranks sixth on Stanford's career lists in pass completions (480) and attempts (852), as well as seventh in passing yards (5361), total offense (5586) and touchdown passes (36), and 10th in career completion percentage (.563, 468-829) Has also added 225 career rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground Threw a career-high four TD passes (all in the first half) in a 35-34 loss at San Jose State (9/9/06) Has struggled in his last two games, completing just 26-of-46 passes for only 276 yards with four picks (including a career-high-tying three at UCLA in his latest outing) and just one TD Has thrown at least one interception in four consecutive contests for the first time since being picked off in the first five games of his career from September 6 - October 18, 2003 Earned several preseason accolades in 2006, including First Team (The Sporting News) and Second Team (Athlon, Steele's) All-Pac-10 honors, as well as an honorable mention All-American selection (Street & Smith's) Has completed exactly half of his passes (29-for-58) for 417 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in two career outings versus Notre Dame (2004, 2005) ... Hit on 17-of-38 for 267 yards in his first outing against the Fighting Irish in South Bend (10/9/04), before completing 12-of-20 throws with a pair of TD passes at Stanford (11/26/05) prior to leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury Hails from nearby Los Gatos High School (Los Gatos, CA), where he led his team to a 26-0 record and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III titles in his junior and senior seasons by combining for 5064 yards in the air during those two campaigns with 58 touchdown tosses and just seven interceptions Ranks among NCAA leaders in completions per game (22nd, 18.75), total passing yards (33rd, 959), passing yards per game (44th NCAA, 191.80), total offense (47th, 204.4) and passing efficiency (65th, 122.6)
vs. Notre Dame (Passing) cmp-att-int-yds-td-lg (Rushing) att-yds-td-lg
Career: (Passing) 29-58-0-417-2-38 (Rushing) 11-(-6)-0-6
2005: (Passing) 12-20-0-150-2-38 (Rushing) 5-(-14)-0-3
2004: (Passing) 17-38-0-267-0-36 (Rushing) 6-8-0-6
Career Game Highs
Att - 46, at UCLA (10/30/04) Cmp - 24, at UCLA (10/30/04) Int - 3, five times Yards - 303, Arizona State (10/25/05) TD - 4, at San Jose State (9/9/06) LG - 76, vs. BYU (9/11/04)
Season Game Highs
Att - 35, vs. Navy (9/16) Cmp - 23, vs. Navy (9/16) Int - 3, at UCLA (9/30) Yards - 233, at San Jose State (9/9) TD - 4, at San Jose State (9/9) LG - 48, at San Jose State (9/9)
Edwards in the Stanford Record Book
Career Passing Yards - 5361, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5946, 1974-77) Career TD Passes - 36, 7th (John Paye, 6th, 38, 1983-86) Career Completions - 480, 6th (Guy Benjamin, 5th, 488, 1974-77) Career Total Offense - 5586, 7th (Guy Benjamin, 6th, 5765, 1974-77) Career Pass Attempts - 852, 6th (Todd Husak, 5th, 873, 1996-99) Career Completion Percentage - .563 (454-806), 10th (Brian Johnson, 9th, .568, 1987-89) Season Completion Percentage - .627, #10 (2005)
#78 - Jon Cochran, OL, 6-6, 315, SR., 4V
Has made his first five career starts at right guard in the team's first five games this season after picking up 20 previous starts at tackle to total 25 starts in his career
#83 - Jim Dray, TE, 6-5, 240, SO., 1V
Has become the team's top tight end, catching 11 passes for 96 yards, including his first career touchdown on Trent Edwards 19-yard scoring strike at San Jose State (9/6/06)
#91 - Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 280, JR., 2V
Has a career-high 23 tackles (first among defensive linemen) in the team's first five games Had half of the team's first sack of 2006 against Navy (9/16/06) and 1.5 tackles-for-loss on the season
#70 - Jeff Edwards, OT, 6-6, 300, SR., 4V
Has started 31 games at three different positions on the offensive line during his four seasons of action on The Farm, including all five games in 2006 at right tackle
#60 - Alex Fletcher, C/OG, 6-3, 300, JR., 2V
Earned 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine as well as a Second Team selection by The Sporting News Has started all 16 games possible over the last two years on the offensive line with eight starts at right guard and eight at center, including each of the team's first five contests in the middle of the line this season Had a tremendous freshman campaign in 2005 when he was named a First Team Frosh All-American by Scout.com, while adding First Team Freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-American selections from The Sporting News The team's only lineman to start all 11 contests in 2005
#7 - Toby Gerhart, RB, 6-1, 228, FR., HS
Leads Stanford with 233 rushing yards and a 4.2 per carry average on 56 rushes, needing just 16 more yards on the ground to surpass the 248 collected by 2005 leader Jason Evans Stanford's leading rusher in four of his first five collegiate games at Oregon (9/2/06, 16-55), at San Jose State (9/9/06, 13-82), versus Navy (9-40, 9/16/06) and at UCLA (12-32, 9/30/06) Has Stanford's longest run of the campaign when he broke for a 38-yarder at San Jose State (9/9/06) Was a two-sport (baseball, football) prep standout at Norco High School (Norco, CA) from 2002-05, rushing for an amazing 9622 yards in his career to set the all-time California high school record and accumulate the third-highest rushing total ever by a high school player in the nation, including a senior season in which he rushed for 3233 yards and scored 39 TD's Also expected to play for the Stanford Baseball squad
#23 - Brandon Harrison, CB/S, 6-2, 215, SR., 3V
Has started 26 of the team's last 27 games with the only blemish in his starting streak an appearance off the bench at San Jose State (9/9/06) due to an injury suffered in the team's previous game at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made all four of his starts this season at cornerback after starting all 22 games the previous two years at strong safety Has played in 37 of 38 possible games in his career Stanford's active career leader in both interceptions (5) and tackles (154), picking up his fifth career interception in his most recent contests at UCLA (9/30/06) Tied for third on the team with 36 tackles (#9 Pac-10), while adding one of the club's three picks (at UCLA, 9/30/06) and one of its seven fumble recoveries (versus Navy, 9/16/06) Has had seven tackles in each of the last two seasons against Notre Dame, while adding a pick in 2005
#24 - Trevor Hooper, S, 6-1, 205, SR., 4V
Co-leads the club with 38 tackles (#6T Pac-10, #90T NCAA) and has one of the team's three interceptions (at UCLA, 9/30/06) Had back-to-back double-digit tackle contests in the first two games of 2006 with a career-high 12 in the season-opener versus Oregon (9/2/06) and 10 at San Jose State (9/9/06) Second on Stanford's active career tackle list (151) Has played in 33 career games with 22 starts Started all 11 games in 2003 and led the team with three interceptions, while finishing fifth on the club with 60 tackles Has had two nice games against Notre Dame in 2003 and 2005, making seven tackles in both contests and also returning an interception for 28 yards in the 2003 contest A local product from nearby Mountain View High School (Mountain View, CA), where he was the first student-athlete from the school to earn a Pac-10 scholarship Writing a weekly column throughout the 2006 football season for the Palo Alto Daily News
#95 - Chris Horn, DE, 6-5, 270, SR., 3V
Had a career-high six tackles versus Washington State (9/23/06), including the team's first solo sack of the season Leads the team with 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) and also has one of the club's seven forced fumbles
#6 - David Lofton, S, 6-4, 220, SR., 4V
Fifth on the club with 33 tackles (#11T Pac-10), including a team game-high and career-best 12 stops at San Jose State (9/9/06) Made the first fumble recovery of his career at UCLA (9/30/06) and also added a season-high six solo tackles Has played in all 16 games (nine starts) over the last two seasons as a safety, his third position with the Cardinal after being on the roster as a quarterback and wide receiver earlier in this career Made both catches of his career against Notre Dame in 2004 Son of former Stanford and NFL great James Lofton, who is currently a wide receivers coach with the San Diego Chargers Gave his father's induction speech into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2003
#26 - Anthony Kimble, RB, 6-1, 200, JR., 2V
Stanford's leading rusher for the first time this season in his most recent game versus Washington State (9/23/06), rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries, but did not play at UCLA after suffering a concussion versus the Cougars Started the team's first four games at running back and is the club's second leading rusher with 134 yards on 36 carries while adding one of the team's two rushing touchdowns Posted the first Stanford touchdown at the new Stanford Stadium when he scored on a two-yard run with 11:58 to go in the fourth quarter versus Navy (9/16/06) Ran for a season-high 53 yards on a season-high 14 carries at San Jose State (9/9/06) Had just one carry for one yard versus Notre Dame in 2005 in the only action of his career versus the Fighting Irish
#86 - Kelton Lynn, WR, 6-2, 190, JR., 2V
Leads Stanford with 14 receptions and 162 receiving yards as a walk-on receiver Led the club in both receptions and receiving yards in back-to-back games versus Navy (9/16/06) and in his first career start against Washington State (9/23/06), posting career-bests of six catches and 72 receiving yards against the Midshipmen before catching five balls for 65 yards and his first career touchdown with a 25-yard reception from Trent Eddwards versus the Cougars
#44 - Pat Maynor, LB, 6-2, 215, JR., 2V
Has 25 tackles, including a carer-best nine at San Jose State (9/9/06), and has started four of five games at linebacker
#55 - Michael Okwo, LB, 6-0, 225, SR., 3V
Has 36 tackles in the last three games versus Navy (9/16/06), against Washington State (9/23/06) and at UCLA (9/30/06) to rank tied for third on the club Set a career-high with 15 tackles versus the Cougars (the most by a Stanford player this season and the second-most by a Pac-10 player), while picking up a new career-best nine solo stops in his most recent game at UCLA (9/30/06) Has recorded the first three double-digit tackles of his career in the three contests he has played this season Would lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the NCAA with a 12.0 tackle per game average if he had played the 75% minimum number of games needed to qualify Missed the team's first two games of the season due to a broken right thumb suffered during preseason training camp Has added 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble (versus Washington State, 9/23/06) Selected by The Sporting News as a preseason 2006 Second Team All-Pac-10 player Earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a special teams player during the 2004 campaign Has 122 career tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 2.0 sacks, as well as forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two blocked kicks Has seven career tackles versus Notre Dame, as well as 1.5 tackles-for-loss, 0.5 sacks and one blocked kick
#27 - Jay Ottovegio, P, 6-0, 195, SR., 3V
Earned 2006 First Team (Steele's), Second Team (The Sporting News) and Third Team (Athlon) All-Pac-10 honors In his third season as Stanford's starting punter Has 153 punts in his career for 6260 yards and a 40.9 average Averaging a career-low 40.5 yards per punt in 2006 Had his best game of the season versus Washington State (9/23/06) when he averaged 43.4 yards per punt Had his longest punt of 2006 (52-yarder) at UCLA (9/30/06) Has landed 46 career punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 17 go for 50 or more yards Has averaged 40.8 or more yards in 21 of 27 career games Became the first freshman punter in Stanford history to average more than 40 yards per punt with a 41.3 average in his 2004 freshman campaign Has punted 12 times for a 42.6 average over the last two seasons versus Notre Dame Had the best average of his career at Notre Dame in 2004 when he averaged 46.2 yards on five punts but had a key fumble with the Cardinal leading 15-10 late in the third quarter that led to a Notre Dame touchdown in an eventual 23-15 Fighting Irish win Has had a punt blocked in each of his last two games versus Washington State (9/23/06) and at UCLA (9/30/06) after not having a punt blocked at any level prior to the two blocks
#14 - Tim Sims, CB, 5-11, 190, SR., 3V
Has 30 tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss (second on the squad), a club-high three pass breakups and a fumble recovery Had a career-high nine tackles (also a career-best seven solos) to go with a tackle-for-loss and two pass breakups in his most recent contest at UCLA (9/30/06), while making his second straight start and third in the last four games
#67 - Allen Smith, OT, 6-4, 300, JR., 2V
Has started 13 straight contests and played in 16 in a row Named to the Pac-10's All-Freshman squad and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American selection by Scout.com as a redshirt rookie in 2005
#20 - Clinton Snyder, LB, 6-4, 230, SO., 1V
Co-leads the club with 38 tackles (#6T Pac-10, #90T NCAA), while leading the team with a pair of forced fumbles (both vs. Navy, 9/16/06) and one of the club's three interceptions (at San Jose State, 9/9/06) Had double-digit tackles in back-to-back contests with a career-high 11 (also a career-high nine solo) versus Navy (9/16/06) when he also forced a pair of fumbles, before adding 10 more tackles along with a tackle-for-loss against Washington State (9/23/06) Made his collegiate debut at Oregon (9/2/06) as a starter and contributed six tackles (three solo, three assists) before backing that up with eight tackles, his interception and half a tackle-for-loss at San Jose State (9/9/06)
#54 - Ekom Udofia, NT, 6-2, 310, SO., 1V
Leads the team with a pair of fumble recoveries, getting one both at Oregon (9/2/06) and versus Washington State (9/23/06) Had a career-best seven tackles versus Navy (9/16/06) Game Highs
#90 - Udeme Udofia, LB, 6-4, 240, SR., 3V
Had contributed 23 tackles, while adding one forced and one recovered fumble Set career-bests for tackles in three straight games, most recently with nine against Washington State (9/23/06) when he also added a forced fumble and a recovered fumble Had a promising campaign in 2005 with 36 tackles, including 5.0 tackles-for-loss to rank tied for sixth on the team, and one sack, as well as an interception and a forced fumble Had two tackles in his first action against Notre Dame in 2005
#11 - Aaron Zagory, PK, 6-0, 170, JR., 1V
Scored the first Stanford points in the new Stanford Stadium versus Navy (9/16/06) when he connected on a 22-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half Leads the club in scoring with 15 points Made his first collegiate field goal try from 34 yards with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter at Oregon (9/2/06) Has made three of his six field goal attempts and had made two in a row before narrowly missing a 40-yarder in his most recent attempt at UCLA (9/30/06) A walk-on placekicker who had not seen action in a college football game until this season
Stanford had 16 starters returning in 2006, including 10 on offense and six on defense ... Injuries have hit the Cardinal offense hard thus far in '06 ... Of the 10 returning starters, seven have missed games due to injury, including FB Nick Frank (forced to retire), C Tim Mattran (has not played in '06 due to injury), WR Mark Bradford (out for last three games and possibly the rest of the season), WR Evan Moore (out the last two games), TE Matt Traverso (played sparingly in '06) and OG Josiah Vinson (slowed early in the year due to injury) ... RB Anthony Kimble missed last week's game at UCLA.
In the Cardinal's game at UCLA, Stanford was without its two starting receivers in Evan Moore and Mark Bradford and its starting backfield in Anthony Kimble and Nick Frank ... Their replacements were two walk ons at receivers, a true freshman at running back and a senior fullback with one career rushing attempt prior to the 2006 season.
WR Mark Bradford opened the 2006 campaign with a nine-reception, 108-yard performance at Oregon ... Against San Jose State on September 9, however, Bradford was forced from the game in the first quarter due to injury ... It was later revealed that Bradford tore ligaments in his foot and will be lost for several weeks and possibly the rest of the season.
Nick Frank, a three-year letter-winner and the team's starting fullback in 2005 and '06, announced on September 15 that he will retire from football due to a cervical spine condition ... Frank moved to fullback prior to the '05 season after two years as a defensive lineman ... He started all 11 games at fullback in 2005 and the first two in 2006 ... Throughout his career, Frank played in 34 of 35 games, 21 as a defensive lineman and 13 as the team's starting fullback ... Frank's departure moved senior Emeka Nnoli into the starting lineup.
LB Michael Okwo has played in just three of Stanford's five games this season and is not eligible for Pac-10 stat rankings ... If he was, however, his 12.0 tackles per game would lead the league.
Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is number one in the league in fewest penalties (16), fewest penalty yards (115) and fewest penalty yards per game (23.0).
Two Cardinal coaches have spent time on the Notre Dame sidelines ... Defensve coordinator A.J. Christoff coached under Gerry Faust at Notre Dame in 1984 and '85 ... Running backs coach Buzz Preston coached under Tyrone Willingham in South Bend from 2002-04.
Stanford had over 50 players reach a 3.0 gpa or better following the spring '06 quarter ... The Cardinal led the Pac-10 last year with 15 players named to the conference's All-Academic Team.
Stanford's roster is represented by players from three countries (U.S., Canada, Sweden) and 26 states, including 33 from California.
Stanford has won the past 12 Directors' Cup, given to the nation's top overall athletic department ... During the 2005-06 seson, the Cardinal had 13 teams finish in the top-5 nationally, 20 in the top-10 and 24 in the top-25 ... Stanford has won 104 national collegiate championships and is second all-time with 92 NCAA championships, including an NCAA best 35 women's titles.